Handvo is a traditional Gujarati savory cake. This is one of the tastiest and healthiest Gujarati snacks. I tasted this for the first time at a potluck party at my friends place and wanted to try this out. Thanks to my friend Neha who shared the recipe with me, I tried it out and it was yummmmmmmmy!


Rice – 1 cup

Tuvar dal – 1/2 cup

Chana dal – 1/2 cup

Any vegetables like – dudhi/carrot/ squash/ zucchini/ onion/potato etc- 1 each – depending on quantity to be made ( I used a small piece dudhi+1 squash+1 carrot+ 1 potato)

Pigeon peas – 1/2 cup

Salt- as per taste

Tumeric- a pinch

Ginger paste – 1 tsp

Garlic paste- 1 tsp

Ajwain – 1/2 to 1 tsp

Red chilli powder – as per taste(i used about 1 tsp)

Jaggery – a little – 1 tsp

Baking soda – 1/4 tsp

Yoghurt/curd – based on consistency required.

For tempering

Mustard – 1/2 tsp

Methi seeds – a little

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp


Soak the rice and the dals separately for 4-5 hours or overnight. Grind each separately add curd(lots). After grinding mix everything and keep it in a warm place to ferment.

Grate all the vegetables, squeeze out water and mix in the above fermented mixture. Add salt, tumeric powder(haldi), ginger and garlic paste, ajwain, red chilli powder, jaggery and baking soda. Mix well. (I used green chillies instead of red chilli powder and grinded the ginger, garlic and green chillies together).

Do a tadka using a little oil and using the items under the heading ‘for tempering’ above. Pour tadka over mixture and mix well.

Preheat oven to 400F for 10 mins. Meanwhile grease a pan with olive oil/butter and pour mixture over pan and cover it with white sesame seeds sprinkling all over.

Bake it for 1 hour at 350F. It is done when a skewer inserted comes out clean.


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